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May 13, 2014

Cubs 17, Cardinals 5 – Game Questions

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 5:50 am

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First I’d like to apologize for the last few days where we’ve had virtually nothing on the site for new content up until yesterday. Sometimes life just gets in the way. That said, I wanted to try something a little different with today’s post. I came away from yesterday’s laugh of a game with questions.

Why can’t Jeff Samardzija borrow just a few of those runs? – I always say to myself every year that I’d like to do an experiment where I take the amount of runs we scored in a season the year before and dump those in a pot. Before each game I would declare how many I’d like to spend on that day’s game and see what record I could come up with. Maybe next year. But, the question still remains: Why can’t the Cubs score when Shark is on the mound?

Was the hit by pitch in the top of the 6th cause for an ejection?Travis Wood hit two Cardinals in the bottom of the 5th and then on the first pitch in the top of the 6th, got plunked. I think it was grounds to be ejected, without any warnings.

Was the play at the plate considered blocking the plate? Here is the replay. I don’t think they were even reviewing that concept, but I’m curious as to what the rule applies here.

What should our expectations be of Mike Olt? – He hit his 8th home run of the season and has been on a power surge over the last week or so. What should our expectations for him be. I maintain my statement that I think he’ll lead the team in home runs when the season is over. The batting average is not going to be strong, but the glove will play nicely at third. I consider that a useful piece to the puzzle.

Will Junior Lake have six RBI in a game ever in his career? – I say no

Will the Cubs score at least 15 runs in another game this year? – I say yes

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  • Eddie Von White

    Don’t these umps feel stupid being overturned all the time? It’s like announcing to the world: I was wrong – again!

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    I was happy to see the final score this morning. I’ll be honest though, I went to bed last night with the Cubs up 7-2 and can’t say I was sure they would get the win. Glad to see they proved me wrong, even more so since it was against the Cardinals.

  • PLCB3

    I got to the gym and saw the score was 9-3 Cubs in the 5th. I got my workout stuff ready, started my workout, and saw that it was then 9-5. I said to myself, how are they going to blow it? Glad they didn’t.

  • Doug S.

    Didn’t get on board with this game until the 8th. Delighted to see 11-5 in St. Louis!!! We still had 6 Card outs to get so this baby was still losable. Nice little DP to end the 8th, no way I was going anywhere. Then a laugher of a 9th and cards go whimpering. Beautiful. I’d like to get addicted to that, but I got a feeling I won’t.

  • Doc Raker

    Olt = Carlos Pena minus $9.5M.

    Kicking Cardinal fanny makes me hungry to celebrate with Cuban sandwiches and Cuban champagne. It seems one of the few bright spots of the season is beating the Cardinals.

    The lost a tough one giving up 4 runs in the 8th to lose by a run. Kris Bryant earned the Southern League’s hitter of the week with a bunch of hits and home runs.

  • Doug S.

    It’ll be interesting (I hope) to see what goes down in tonight’s game. Do the Cards spank back or will the Cubs win again?

  • jswanson

    Pena suffered from unluckiness, Doc. A duck snort here, a duck snort there, and he’s an All Star.

  • Doc Raker

    He was an all star according to some around here. It was explained to me that I was just to ignorant to appreciate a .200 hitter with 20 home runs.

  • PLCB3

    So you’re saying if the defense pulls a few less Homers, Pena is an all-star?

  • Doc Raker

    Smokies win again and the big hitting trio of Stephen Bruno 4-5, Kris Bryant 11th home run and Jorge Soler lead a 6 run 3rd inning to a Smokies victory.

    I think the Cubs playoff hopes are down to -234%.

  • PLCB3

    Everyone makes mistakes. That’s why we have replay. To get the call right. MLB plays 10x as many games as NFL, so I would expect much more calls to be overturned in MLB than NFL. The play at the plate, to me it looked like he got his hand in before Molina tagged him.

  • Doc Raker

    I was thinking the same thing, all these years of missed calls and umpire hubris. I know umpiring is a tough job and perfection is not expected but a little humility would go a long way. If it is one thing the replays will bring is civility and humility within the player umpire discussions.

    I saw a 4 top of umpires at Chrissy Ruth’s steak house, the porterhouse was outstanding.

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